Russell Simmons has spoken out in favor of New York City's impending soda ban, adding that milk should be banned as well. Simmons wrote a letter to NYC's healthy commissioner, Dr. Thomas Farley, on behalf of PETA to say that the ban should also include dairy products.
"A 2005 nationwide study led by a Harvard Medical School researcher showed that children who drank more than three 8-ounce servings of cow's milk per day were 35 percent more likely to become overweight than kids who drank only one or two servings (or a maximum of 16 ounces) per day," Simmons wrote. "The study also found that replacing soda with cow's milk, which is loaded with artery clogging cholesterol, provided no weight-loss benefit -- none. In light of this information, my friends at PETA and I urge you to include cow's milk and other dairy-based drinks in your proposed beverage regulations."
What do you think of New York City's soda ban? Do you think dairy should be included in the ban?